3 Things to Know Before Your Child's Frenectomy
Healthcare professionals perform frenectomy to address tongue-tie, a common condition that affects about 5 percent of all newborns. Also known as ankyloglossia, tongue-tie can cause a variety of problems for both the baby and the mother, such as difficulty breastfeeding. Frenectomy for children is a safe and reliable procedure that releases tongue-tie. Tongue-tie is a condition that affects a baby’s mouth. A small piece of tissue, known as the frenulum, attaches the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The frenulum naturally separates from the tongue before birth for most babies. In other children, though, the frenulum can be too short or too close to the tip of the tongue. These children have a tongue-tie and may benefit from frenulum surgery.